San Quintin

San Quintin is becoming a destination popular with tourists and ex-pats due to its beautiful beaches and wildlife variety. Situated just 185 miles (300 km) south of the US/Mexico border along Highway 1, San Quintin is accessible from the US within a few short hours.

As a collection of 6 small towns, San Quintin is a small city with a population of around 30,000 collectively. The area was first populated by a small group of British colonists that planted wheat, developed a gristmill and were constructing a railway to link with the tracks in California when a drought hit. 

The devastating drought destroyed the first harvest and all British colonists left San Quintin by 1900. The gristmill, pier, railway causeway, and an English cemetery are still present along the inner bay.  

San Quintin is the agricultural center of the Baja peninsula and the world’s largest producer of tomatoes. Along the highway, the ocean side is dominated by vast fields of tomatoes, with other local crops dominating the western side. Strawberries, chili pepper, cucumbers and green beans are the star of the agricultural center. 

In addition to agriculture, San Quintin is also working on aquaculture, running conservation projects to repopulate abalone. Moreover, several Chinese companies are investing in developing shellfish (oysters and mussels) to harvest and export.

Not only does San Quintin offer its own list of reasons to stop for a few days. But also it is a great place to rest if you are breaking up a long drive to/from the border. You will find many gas stations, hardware shops, supermarkets, banks and other businesses such as propane and water purification stops that cater to travelers.

Things to Do in San Quintin

San Quintin is a perfect combination of beaches, deserts, wetlands, agricultural lands and even an ancient volcanic field. It has some of the most extraordinary places filled with rich history, wildlife and beautiful landscapes. 

And it also provides visitors with many sportfishing, clamming, scuba diving, snorkeling and beach exploration options.

Here are some of the top things to do in San Quintin.

Visit La Lobera

La Lobera is a natural crater located on the southern seashore just 25 miles (40 km) away from San Quintin. La Lobera is simply enormous, with a depth of more than 50 feet. The magnificent cave is home to seals and sea lions, where you can meditate with the sounds of crashing waves on the rocky walls.

In order to reach La Lobera, you have to drive through the desert. So, it’s best to access via an ATV or 4×4 vehicle.

Explore the Wetlands

The wetlands of San Quintin Bay are of great importance in the peninsula. San Quintin is a sanctuary for more than 400 species of local and migratory birds and is considered the lungs of Baja. The lands are spread across a large area where you can enjoy kayaking and birdwatching.

When visiting the wetlands, always respect the environment. It is a delicate area that deserves caution when driving, hiking and otherwise exploring.

Attend the Tomato and Wine Festival

The tomato and Wine festival is celebrated annually in August to promote the local tomato culture. San Quintin is the largest exporter of tomatoes and plays a vital role in Mexico’s economy.

You can taste many local tomato-based dishes with fine wines from Mexico at the festival. Moreover, there are many fun contests and live performances from local bands.

Enjoy Water Activities

San Quintin has a vast shoreline. The beautiful coast has all the facilities to enjoy aquatic activities, including surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sport fishing and boating.

San Quintin coast is home to many marine animals, which makes it an ideal place for observing marine life through your favorite activities – whether boating, kayaking or paddleboarding. 

Cabo San Quintin and Punta Arrecife are the go-to places for snorkeling and diving. The beaches have crystal clear water, beautiful rock formations, colorful flora and algae beds where millions of colorful fish feed and shelter. Moreover, you can also find some lobsters and scallops in deeper water.

Explore the Beaches

San Quintin has one of the finest shorelines in the Baja California Norte region. The crystal-clear water, white sand beaches, excellent water activities and abundance of beautiful aquatic animals add to the charm of the beaches.

Go Bird Watching

Bird watching is a must-do activity whenever you visit San Quintin. As mentioned above, the area has exceptional avian wildlife. It is home to more than 400 bird species and sightings of millions of migratory birds along the shoreline, in the wetlands and city are common year-round.

Try Clamming

Along with tomatoes, San Quintin is known for its seemingly endless supply of Pismo clams and mussels. Pismo clams can grow up to six inches, and the fertile volcanic soil, rich minerals, and nutrients brought by the ocean current produce a perfect habitat for clams and oysters. Digging for oysters and clams in shallow water is a popular activity in the area.

You can easily find clams and oysters along the shoreline, especially on Santa Maria Beach.

Campgrounds in San Quintin

Most of the campgrounds in the San Quintin area are scattered throughout the region. But all will leave you close enough to enjoy your favorite activities while staying here. 

Adele’s Ranch Camping

Adele’s Ranch is a scenic postcard-like campground surrounded by strawberry farms with a beautiful beach to add to its allure. If you are not a fussy traveler open to dry camping, this campground will be sufficient for you to be able to enjoy the area. 

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$10 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYNO
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:NOLAUNDRYNO
WATER HOOKUPNOSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPNOPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES

Cielito Lindo RV Park

Cielito Lindo is a decent RV park not far from Santa Maria beach. The campground has free and fast Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electric, water and sewer hookups. The RV park also has an excellent restaurant and bar known for its crab claws and delicious margaritas, which you can enjoy during daily happy hour throughout the week.

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$7 – 10 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYYES
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:YESLAUNDRYNO
WATER HOOKUPYESSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPYESPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES

Fidel’s El Pabellon RV Park

Like other camping options, Fidel’s El Pabellon also comes with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The beachside RV park has electricity and a water hookup. 

Moreover, the owner is very friendly and the park has good Wi-Fi and hot showers, though the bathroom could be better. You can even ask for a home-cooked lobster dinner here!

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$12 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYYES
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:YESLAUNDRYNO
WATER HOOKUPYESSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPNOPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYNOGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES